2015 Gathering Information

A gathering of Coast Salish peoples Western Washington Tribes and British Columbia First Nations of the Salish Sea

May 26-28, 2015 |  Location: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Once again, we come together as Coast Salish to speak with One Voice for the protection of the land and waters of our aboriginal homeland and the preservation of our culture. As brothers and sisters, we will share our culture and concerns for the endangered eco-region, and we will continue our dialogue on the need for strengthened environmental policies and practices in our ancestral homelands.

Download the 2015 Gathering agenda (pdf).

  • Coast Salish British Columbia First Nations and Western Washington Tribes
    • Chiefs and Chairmen
    • Senior Leadership
    • Senior Science and Legal Staff
  • Neighboring Federal, State and Provincial Governments of EPA, EC, Ministry of Environment, Department of Ecology, Puget Sound Partnership, and Canada Fisheries and Oceans Canada

by invitation

Send checks to:
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
11404 Moorage Way   La Conner WA 98257

* All funding will be allocated for the hosting and management of the Coast Salish Gathering.


Debra Lekanof

For more information contact:


Swinomish Casino and Resort,
Address: 12885 Casino Dr,
Anacortes, WA 98221
Phone: (888) 288-8883

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Day One: Monday, November 14, 2016

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m– 10:00 a.m.     
Opening Ceremonies, Prayer, Welcome Tulalip Chairman Mel Sheldon
Opening Comments: Speakers, Chairman Brian Cladoosby and First Nations Co Chair, Ray Harris

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.    
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Presentation: Status of the Salish Sea and Natural Resources: David Close, Murray Ned, Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance and Fran Wilshusen and Pacific Salmon Commission

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Keynote: Jane Nishida, EPA AA Office of International and Tribal Affairs

1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Presentation: Challenges of the Salish Sea: Transportation and Growth: Mt Polly Mine Status; Vessel and Rail Traffic Impacts

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Presentation Salish Sea Recovery: Lower Elwha Dam, NWIC Shellfish Restoration and Lower Frasier Habitat Study

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Evening Reception and Cultural Evening

Day Two: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Opening Prayer, Welcome, Opening Comments: Chairman Brian Cladoosby

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Presentation: Climate Change Impacting Salish Sea

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Presentation: Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into the Decision Making Process

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote: Environment Canada, TBC

1:30 p.m - 3:00 p.m.
Beyond Consultation: Consent Decision Making

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Comments from Federal/State/Ministry

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open Floor Discussion on Challenges of Transboundary Decision Making

6:00 p.m. Reception with Honoring and Recognition Dinner

Day Three: Wednesday, November 16

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.    
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Opening Prayer, Welcome, Opening Comments

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Summary of the Gathering and Open Floor Discussion on Next Steps

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Action Items on Transboundary Tools for Transition Planning for US and Canada

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Closing Remarks: Chairman Mel Sheldon